Melinjo is a plant. Its scientific name is Gnetum gnemon. This fruit contains minerals, Vitamins, Calcium, Iron and some other nutrition factor present in it. Melinjo seeds are used in medicines to treat diseases that are occurring in the human body. Its seeds have a high amount of antioxidant. Melinjo cure brain cancer, heart diseases and good for health.
Melinjo is a dietary fruit. It is used in weight loss. It goes bad when its shelf life is expired. When Melinjo goes bad, it affects your health when it turns mushy and gives a pulpy or moist texture.
How to store Melinjo?
Melinjo is a very tasty fruit and also a seasonal fruit. There are so many techniques that will help you in-store. To store Melinjo, you should know all the procedure and precautions. Storing Melinjo easily and simply, to follow the steps to enhance the freshness and maintain shelf life for the longer used.
At room temperature
Storing Melinjo at room temperature is one of the best ways because if you buy unripe Melinjo, it will ripen at room temperature and increase shelf life. Put ripen Melinjo in brown paper or bag and place them at room temperature will last for 2 to 3 days.
Away from the heat source
Avoid placing Melinjo in front of sunlight or any heat sources. Kitchen heat also damaged the Melinjo appearance slowly and decreased its shelf life with time.
In the refrigerator
When you store Melinjo in the refrigerator, you should follow all the precautionary tools and storing method properly. It will keep the shelf life increased for the longer used. When you put the Melinjo in the refrigerator, make sure you wash them properly. If there is any moldy or mushy piece of Melinjo, it will destroy all of them. Be careful when you buy Melinjo or any fruit.
Always bring the fresh piece and check the before and due date in the packaging. To storing Melinjo in the refrigerator, follow all the point which is given below.
- Wash Melinjo properly.
- Discard the moldy and pulpy piece.
- Dry Melinjo at room temperature.
- Take a brown paper or bag put the unripe Melinjo in it.
- Leave Melinjo at room temperature for 1 to 3 days.
- When Melinjo is ripened, put them in the refrigerator.
- Ripen Melinjo will be used for 4 to 5 days.
Ripen Melinjo has more flavour in taste and has a very fleshy smell. When you put the Melinjo in the refrigerator, most probably, it will keep its freshness and taste the same.
Can you freeze Melinjo?
Melinjo in the freezer is fully recommended. It depends on you that how you put the Melinjo in the freezer. Few techniques will help in storing Melinjo in the freezer. Wash the Melinjo and dry them properly. Cut the Melinjo in the middle and exclude its seed. You can also use its seed in your medicine to cure the mentioned diseases written above. Freezing is really good for Melinjo. It will keep its shelf life increased for the long term.
Take a raw Melinjo cut them into slices. Make the mixture of one and a half tablespoon of ascorbic acid and six tablespoons of cold water. Coat the mixture in the Melinjo slice and leave them in a dark place. After that, add some sugar to it and wait until the sugar is not properly dissolved. Then put the mixture in the storage box or use a container. It’s up to you, and places them in the freezer. By this method, you can make smoothies, syrup or whatever you like.
How long does Melinjo last?
Melinjo shelf life is up to 2 to 3 days, but when you properly stored them with different methods, they will last for more than their shelf life. Ripen and unripe Melinjo has their own long-lasting such as unripe Melinjo whole will last at room temperature for five days, and when you cut for your used Melinjo will last at room temperature 2 to 4 hours only. Ripen has its shelf life. When you put them at room temperature, it will last 2 to 3 days.
A whole Melinjo will be last in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days and cut Melinjo will last for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator. Frozen food will increase shelf life, such as the whole Melinjo in the freezer will last for 5 to 6 months and cut Melinjo with proper technique for 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
How to tell if Melinjo is bad?
Each fruit has its shelf life. There are very few fruits that survive for more than their shelf life. So, whenever you buy, make sure it’s fresh and of good quality. Melinjo fruit was coming for a very small period when you did not store them properly it will be going to be bad. There are some symptoms that you can see if the fruit is going too bad. Symptoms are shown in given below:
- Dark spots on it.
- Mushy and moldy appearance.
- Pulpiness on it.
- An off smell.